Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti

1963-64 Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti
1971 Olivetti Headquarters, Milton Keynes
2008 Politics of the Envelope

2005.09.14 14:07
Mat buildings
Yes, another late unbuilt Le Corbusier design reenacted within contemporary architecture. (I have a copy of the Rice Venice Hospital folio; bought it at Wittenborn Books in the late 1970s. I keep on meaning to put it up for auction, that is, after I scan it.)
Now look at Le Corbusier's design for the Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti, Rho-Milan, 1963-64--it's got mat, blob and funky hi-rise all in one. The first to reenact this one was Stirling with his unbuilt design for the Olivetti Headquarters, Milton Keynes, 1971.
Maybe 14 September is Reenactionary Architecturism day.

2008.02.10 10:35
Archinect's The Plagiarius Awards Gallery
The reenactment Villa Savoye pictured at the top of this thread is not necessarily the product of plagiarism, for, if the architect of this new house acknowledged Le Corbusier and his Villa Savoye design, then no plagiarism is involved. The architect of the Villa Savoye reenactment may be guilty of copyright infringement, however. (Plagiarism and copyright infringement are not same exact thing.)
Likewise, the reenactionary City Hall of Izmir is not necessarily the product of plagiarism if the architect acknowledged the City Hall of Boston. Moreover, the powers-that-be of Izmir may have even requested that their new City Hall be like the City Hall of Boston. Here, copyright infringement is not an issue because the City Hall of Izmir is not a close-to-exact reenactment of the City Hall of Boston.
Architectural design inspiration often manifests a form of reenactment.
Orhan, you acknowledge Le Corbusier now, but did you acknowledge Le Corbusier and his Olivetti Center design back in 1980?
Q: What comes after Infringement Complex?
A: Architecture of the Loop-Hole Universe.

2008.10.01 12:06
Resisting Formalism
And there is Stirling's reenactment.

Stirling, Wilford, Olivetti Headquarters Milton Keynes, 1971.
more Corbu:

2008.12.03 08:00
pragmatists turning political?
I listened to most of the lecture while doing other work. Interesting, and likely even fruitful, typological analysis in terms of forms and how they may relate to programs and usage, but there remains the hint of force-fit and an even horizontal shift from 'iconic' analysis/design to 'political' analysis/design. As to this work's place within the continuum, I like how this [Olivetti Milan] is now being reenacted.




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